MILWAUKEE -- Part of a diary written by Arthur Bremer, who tried to assassinate former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1972, was auctioned off Thursday night for $5,500.
The bidding started at $50 and the final bid was $5,500. The winning bid was made over the telephone by an unidentified Chicago man who said he expects to sell the diary later for a profit.
The diary was sold along with other items in an auction at the Milwaukee Archive Galleries.
The first half of a diary written by Bremer, it was found in 1980 by a construction worker in Milwaukee, Sherman R. Griffin. He did not attend the auction but will get the proceeds of the sale.
Bremer is still in prison for shooting Wallace at a campaign rally in Maryland May 15, 1972. His bid for early parole was turned down last month.
FBI agents recovered the last part of the diary shortly after the attempt on Wallace's life and it was published in book form nearly a decade ago. Wallace was paralyzed from the waist down in the shooting.
Griffin found the 148-page portion of the diary Aug. 26, 1980, while on a construction job. Wrapped in plastic and tinfoil, it is a rambling account of Bremer's thoughts between March 2 and April 3 of 1972.
Bremer tried to get the diary back but a judge ruled it was abandoned property and awarded it to Griffin in 1981.
'Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace,' is the way it began.
It is a sometimes incoherent discourse by Bremer of how the world might view him if he shot someone famous.
'It's worth death or a long trial and life in prison,' he wrote. 'Life outside ain't so hot. I want to do something bold and dramatic, forcefull and dynamic. A statement of my manhood for the world to see.'